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Be Well at Work - Work/Life program offers monthly educational workshops and webinars on topics related to parenting and finances . They are presented by professionals with specialized knowledge.

Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children Group

As we continue to navigate the uncertainties and transitions associated with caregiving for children and teenagers during a pandemic, this group holds space for all the challenging and joyful moments that each household experiences. With peer support and resources available, the group meets virtually on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 11 am, and is facilitated by Be Well at Work Work/Life Program Lead, Karen Patchell, MA. 
Email kpatchell@berkeley.edu to register


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Spring 2022 Parenting Workshops

Supporting Anxious Children: A Framework for Understanding and Managing Your Child's Anxiety

Thursday, February 24th, 12:10 - 1:30 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Kate Ekman, Clinical Psychologist

Childhood anxiety has been on the rise for decades, and the incidence of children diagnosed with an anxiety disorder doubled in the first year of the pandemic. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, the most frequently diagnosed anxiety disorder, is defined in the DSM-5 as excessive anxiety and worry occurring more days than not (for at least 6 months) about a number of events or activities. Other children experience anxiety that is specific rather than generalized, related to separation, social activities, or phobias. Anxiety can present in a multitude of ways. Symptomology can include mood changes such as increased irritability, distressing thinking patterns such as rumination, and somatic manifestations such as muscle tension and stomachaches. This workshop is designed to teach parents how to help anxious children help themselves! We will discuss the neurobiological origins of anxiety and how to present this to children in a framework they can understand and resonate with. With this understanding, you and your child can work together to take charge of and manage their anxiety using a variety of skills targeting cognitive and somatic symptoms.


Planning Your Pregnancy Leave

Thursday, 3/10 ; 12:10 - 1 pm

Speaker: Yvette Escobar, UCB Disability Counselor, Kristin Rissanen Ikuta , UCB Academic Personnel, Gabe Schmidt, Healthcare Facilitator

Thinking about starting a family? This workshop will provide information on leave policies, disability benefits, use of sick/vacation time, and options on when/how to return to work after having a child for both faculty and staff employees.


Returning to Work Following Baby Bonding Leave

Thursday, 3/31, 12:10 - 1 pm pm via Zoom

Speakers: Karen Patchell, MA., Elliott DiTusa, LPCC., Mary Kelly, MS., Greg Ryan

The transition back to work after baby bonding for both birth and non-birth parents can feel overwhelming under regular circumstances. During a pandemic, with remote work for many, it comes with even more challenges, and some opportunities. It can be filled with a vast array of emotions, concerns, and limitations, not to mention demanding and conflicting schedules.

Join us for this virtual panel workshop focused on understanding both positive and negative emotions related to this transition, how to establish boundaries at work, benefits and accommodations available to working parents, ergonomic strategies for multiple workstations, and self-care resources to help ease the physical and mental pressure associated with working while caregiving for a young child.


Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School

Thursday, April 7th, 1 pm - 4:15 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Tina Benitez/Nicole Castillo

This class is FREE to UC Berkeley faculty, staff, students, and their spouses/domestic partners.

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.
The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.


Self-Compassion for Caregivers of Children & Teenagers

Thursday, May 19th, 12:10 - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Karen Patchell, MA, Be Well at Work

The demands of caregiving children and teenagers, while also working, can keep us so busy and overloaded, that we are often unable to find time to think about or nurture our own needs. This can put us at risk of overwhelm, burnout, and heightened self-criticism. Join us for this interactive workshop which will focus on understanding self-compassion, how we can be kinder to ourselves during moments of stress, and strategies for turning fault-finding into recognition of all that we hold.


Spring 2022 Financial Workshops

Women and Investing

Tuesday, March 8th, 12:10 - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Laura Crymble, Fidelity

Whether you’re just starting out or nearing retirement, this class helps you learn simple steps you can take to achieve your financial goals. It also includes ways to build healthy financial habits, save for multiple goals, and invest wisely, so that you can take control of your financial future.


Preparing for Retirement

Wednesday, March 23rd, 11 am - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Scott Sylva/Jennetta Brown, UC Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC).

Presented by representatives from the Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC), this webinar, for UCRP members considering retirement from UC within the next five years, covers topics such as understanding the UCRP pension benefits, retirement savings and retiree health coverage.


Creating a Budget

Tuesday, 4/5, 12:10 - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Nancy Pargot, Fidelity

This class offers manageable strategies and tools that can help you get a handle on spending and borrowing. It also covers how to develop a smart budget and ways to manage debt.